About the Innovation Framework


We are fortunate to be part of a community that is good at generating a lot of ideas. But it is hard to know where to take ideas or how to move them forward. It is also difficult to see the range of resources and people involved in ideas and initiatives.

A framework for innovation provides a transparent and collaborative system for vetting new ideas to make sure we are investing resources wisely, avoiding duplication, taking advantage of new opportunities, and inviting diverse perspectives and subject matter expertise to guide our innovations.

Davidson’s Innovation Framework is designed to provide a mission-aligned, transparent, and cost-efficient process by which the College can test and evaluate ideas or initiatives that require new investments of resources, long-term commitments, or risk.

The framework provides support for anyone on campus to experiment. Hypotheses are tested as an idea moves through stages and gates, allowing us to quickly stop ideas that are not feasible, but also unlock additional resources only as learning is validated. More than 30 Davidson faculty, staff, and students contributed to this framework design.

The framework does not replace existing approval channels and processes. Ideas that successfully pass through all stages and gates funnel into existing approval channels and processes (e.g., EPC and other governing committees). This enables existing governing committees to make more informed decisions based on pilot results, therein reducing the risk associated with new and permanent initiatives.

The innovation framework is running as a limited pilot until Fall, 2018. In general, it is designed to be continually updated and revised as it is tested and implemented.

Click here to see the full version of the framework.